On April 10, 2011, Zubin Mehta conducted a charity concert benefitting the survivors of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11. In the concert he conducted Beethoven's Symphony Number 9 with NHK Symphony Orchestra. *
Zubin Mehta and the orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino was in Tokyo when the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake struck. Just after Zubin had lunch with his wife who had a birthday on that day, they had a big earthquake. After the destructive earthquake, Zubin and the Florence-based Orchestra had to suspended their performance and return home to Italy due to power supply problem in Tokyo. When Zubin left Japan, he said in tears that "it is very sad that we cannot perform for friends in Japan. But I believe we can encourage the victims of the March 11 earthquake in near future and I promise that I will return to Japan". *
He kept his words and came to Japan to perform Beethoven's Symphony Number 9. Although Zubin had only a day to rehearse with NHK Symphony Orchestra, their performance was magnificent , and made the audience spellbound. Zubin and the Orchestra performed "Air on the G string" to display their grief and to pay their respect to the victims of the March 11 earthquake. Therefore they asked the audience not to applaud after performance. The audience praised their performance as "it was so passionate and I have never seen that", "vibrancy of cello and horns moved me" and "while I was listening to their performance, I somehow understood why Zubin selected Beethoven's Symphony Number 9".
Zuibn Mehta had a memorial concert to encourage the victims' families on 9/11. He conducted Mahler's Symphony Number 2 "the resurrection" at the memorial concert in New York, and he performed Beethoven's Symphony Number 9 in Tokyo. Every December in Japan, many concerts of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony are held. It is actually said that Japanese are people who love Beethoven's Ninth Symphony most. However this time was totally different, it had a special meaning to Japanese. I think that the audience who listened to their performance clearly understood the meaning of the forth movement of Beethoven's Ninth. *
00:00 Beethoven's Symphony No.9 - Presto, Allegro Assai 06:22 O Freunde, Nicht Diese Tone! 07:14 Allegro Assai 09:46 Alla Marcia. Allegro Vivace Assai 13:53 Andante Maestoso, Adagio Non Troppo Ma Divoto 17:09 Allegro Energico, Sempre Ben Marcato 19:22 Allegro Ma Non Tanto
Soprano: Hisami Namikawa Mezzo Soprano: Mihoko Fujimura Tenor: Kei Fukui Bass: Attila Jun Chorus: Tokyo Opera Singers NHK Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Zubin Mehta
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